Spring is a good time to prepare your home for the upcoming hot summer weather which should include tuning-up your air conditioning system, especially if its a few years old.
A spring tune-up can help identify and fix any small problems before they turn into summer breakdowns. A tuneup can also improve the energy efficiency of your system and help extend its overall lifespan.
Here’s a good story by KTAR News in Phoenix, Arizona, about what HVAC professionals check out during an air conditioner inspection.
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A number of federal, state, local and non-profit organizations are giving away free air conditioners to those that qualify. However, the time to act is now as units are often given away on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the program needs to work with area contractors and recipients to schedule installations of the units before hot weather hits.
Those who might qualify include: people over 60, suffer from certain medical conditions, have young children under the age of four at home, disabled, and meet certain income guidelines. Those who have Continue reading
Can your AC make you sick? Well, yes — if it is poorly maintained –but in and of itself, no, it can actually help your health and potentially save your life.
Dr. Mark Mendell, an epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health studied the health effects of air conditioning systems while with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He told Time.com that worsening asthma problems and allergies are two health issues that can stem from contaminated AC units.
“If you have a badly maintained or badly designed AC system, whether it’s in your home or office or vehicle, it can become contaminated and potentially harmful,” says Dr. Mark Mendell, an epidemiologist with the California Department of Public Health.
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Maybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.
Research your repair
Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.
Some repair jobs are very simple, Continue reading